By Rick Palsgrove
Hamburgers and anger don’t mix.
Tempers flared on the afternoon of April 16 at a restaurant located at Groveport Road and State Route 317 after a 26-year-old woman became unhappy that she was given the wrong food order.
According to the Groveport Police and a witness, the female customer allegedly yelled at the restaurant workers about the mistake. The store manager asked the customer to step outside while the order was corrected and a refund was made. The customer returned and was still unhappy and told the restaurant workers they were “losers” and she allegedly threw the hamburgers at the employees. The employees then allegedly threw the hamburgers back at the woman. The woman then allegedly sprayed pepper spray on two of the store’s employees requiring one, a 17-year-old employee who is three months pregnant, to seek treatment. The suspect then left the scene.
Groveport Police Chief Casey Adams said the suspect left the scene and drove to the Groveport Police Department where she was arrested and charged with “assault to knowingly harm the victim.”
Adams said this incident is illustrative of a larger trend in society.
“It’s a sign of the times,” said Adams of the incident. “People let their tempers get away from them. We’re seeing things like this not just in our community but all over. We’re seeing it more and more. People don’t think before acting. They lose their temper and allow their emotions to get the better of them without thinking about the ramifications. They should take a couple of deep breaths, think about it, and walk away.”
Adams believes people’s anger and frustrations over small matters are evidence of a modern break down in personal communication skills.
“People don’t seem to know how to verbally communicate with each other face to face or how to handle conflict,” said Adams. “Often people take things too personally and over react. They need to have an understanding that sometimes people make mistakes and they should have some empathy.”
Adams speculated that the growth of social media – such as Facebook, Twitter, and texting – have weakened people’s face to face interpersonal verbal communication skills.
“Things build up within them like a volcano and then it explodes,” said Adams.
Disposing of narcotics and repurposing firearms and bicycles from the police property room
A lot of things pertaining to investigations and court proceedings can accumulate over time in a police property room.
With that in mind, Groveport Police Detective Josh Gilbert has taken on the additional responsibility of getting the property room reorganized.
Groveport Police Chief Casey Adams said Gilbert has begun to obtain permission from the courts to destroy and/or take possession of property that is no longer of use in investigations or court proceedings.
“Part of this property included several bicycles recovered over the years,” said Adams. “These bicycles were turned over to Goodwill.”
Adams said the department has also accumulated several firearms as part of criminal investigations. Ten of these weapons were cleared by the courts to be turned over to the Groveport Police as part of the final disposition in the criminal case.
“We were able to trade them to an authorized dealer, use them for departmental use, or have them destroyed,” said Adams. “We traded these rifles and handguns to Vance’s Shooter Supply and obtained credit for their value of $1,100. Our department took advantage of this program and has begun to trade in these firearms and obtain Glock 43x9mm semi-auto pistols that our detective bureau can carry once they qualify.”
Adams added the department also took possession of ammunition from prior criminal cases that were resolved.
“We have over 3,000 rounds of .223 rifle rounds that will be used for training and qualifications,” said Adams.
The Obetz Police Department is allowing the Groveport Police to use its evidence incinerator to destroy illegal narcotics and prescription medications that were confiscated during previous arrests or turned over to the police for safekeeping.
“We received an open invitation from the Obetz Police to use their incinerator for any destruction of drug material or paraphernalia, which has been a hurdle we have had to work through over the past few years,” said Adams. “This process of destroying drug material gives Detective Gilbert a tool to free up space in our property room, which can become overloaded with evidence.”
Groveport Police March statistics
March crime statistics, according to the Groveport Police: 14 arrests, 14 accidents, 6 assaults, 2 burglaries, 3 domestic disputes, 4 domestic violence, 2 OVI and alcohol, 16 thefts/robberies, 1 stolen/unauthorized use, 1 missing persons, 3 weapon related calls, 0 narcotic related offense,18 parking, 8 threats, 2 vandalism, 6 juvenile complaints, 45 traffic citations, 6 sex related crimes, 15 Groveport Madison School District criminal reports, 6 Groveport Madison School District non-criminal reports, 2 suicide attempts.
Other Groveport Police news
•Officers recently monitored speeders in the Elmont Place subdivision. Over a three hour period officers made five traffic stops. Also, officers addressed a complaint about a suspected drug house and stopped a suspicious vehicle coming from the home. Marijuana was allegedly found in the vehicle.
•Police found 23 inoperable or not properly registered vehicles parked throughout the city that were in violation of the city ordinance against such vehicles.
“Out of the 23 vehicles, 22 have come into compliance,” said Groveport Police Sgt. Josh Guiler. “Only one ignored several warnings and was subsequently towed.”